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Johnny Sauter wins at Chicagoland as NASCAR Truck Sequence Playoff subject set

Johnny Sauter wins at Chicagoland as NASCAR Truck Sequence Playoff subject set

Johnny Sauter served discover that he’s able to make a spirited protection of his 2016 NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence championship.

Ben Rhodes was pleased simply to squeak into the ultimate NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence Playoff berth—by the pores and skin of his enamel.

Sauter handed regular-season champion Christopher Bell for the lead on Lap 123 of 150 and drove away to win Friday Night time’s TheHouse.com 225 by 2.005 seconds over Chase Briscoe, who handed Bell for second on Lap 136.

The race inside a race between Rhodes and polesitter Ryan Truex was a lot nearer. Combating for the ultimate place within the playoffs, Truex gained the primary 35-lap stage and completed fourth behind Bell on the checkered flag. Rhodes got here dwelling sixth and snagged the final Playoff berth on a tiebreaker.

With the Playoff spot determined by finest regular-season end, Rhodes gained on the energy of his second-place run at Pocono Raceway, the place he beat Truex to the end line by 1 / 4 of a second.

Sauter gained for the primary time at Chicagoland Speedway, the second time this season and the 15th time in 214 NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence begins.

“This truck was unbelievable,” mentioned Sauter, who stayed on the observe throughout a warning late within the first stage and needed to battle again by way of the sector. “We had an awesome truck yesterday (in apply). I used to be frightened with the Cup guys and the XFINITY guys right here the observe may change a bit bit.

“We elected to attempt to win that first stage there, and we misplaced a number of observe place, needed to battle to get it again. After which I had a horrible restart and misplaced a number of observe place once more. That is what we wanted. That is the momentum, the shot within the arm… This factor was on rails the final run.”

Rhodes edged into the Playoffs regardless of a efficiency he thought-about sub-par. A violation for an uncontrolled tire throughout a pit cease underneath warning on Lap 38 despatched him to the rear. Later within the race, Rhodes’ No. 27 Toyota developed a left rear tire rub after contact with the No. 88 Tundra of Matt Crafton.

However Rhodes persevered.

“Man, I nonetheless can’t imagine it,” Rhodes mentioned. “They gave me the hat (for playoff qualifiers), and I’m like, ‘Are you certain that is ours?’ We had been tied, and we’ve the tiebreaker. I can’t imagine it. The truck… all night time we struggled ever since we unloaded.

“This has undoubtedly our worst efficiency total, and it couldn’t have come at a worse week to do it. However I’m glad we’re in, and total, the whole lot labored out for us.”

Truex anticipated a detailed battle for the final Playoff spot and was understandably dissatisfied to be on the brief finish of it.

“It’s powerful, but it surely’s racing,” Truex mentioned. “We did the whole lot we might do except for win. We simply didn’t have the velocity for the 29 (Briscoe) and the 21 (Sauter). I used to be good on restarts. I felt like that was my finest shot, so I used to be actually, actually aggressive on restarts…

“I had a sense it could come right down to this. It’s been so shut this entire yr.”

Grant Enfinger, whose solely path to the Playoff was a victory, got here dwelling fifth. Rhodes, John Hunter Nemechek, Noah Gragson, Kaz Grala and Myatt Snider accomplished the highest 10.

Briscoe, Nemechek, Grala, Crafton and Austin Cindric be a part of Sauter, Bell and Rhodes on the Playoff grid.

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Gallery: NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway, Friday Sept. 15, 2017

NASCAR Tenting World Truck Sequence Race Outcomes TheHouse.com 225

Chicagoland Speedway

Joliet, Illinois

Friday, September 15, 2017

1. (four) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 150.

2. (2) Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 150.

three. (three) Christopher Bell, Toyota, 150.

four. (1) Ryan Truex, Toyota, 150.

5. (eight) Grant Enfinger #, Toyota, 150.

6. (13) Ben Rhodes, Toyota, 150.

7. (12) John H. Nemechek, Chevrolet, 150.

eight. (6) Noah Gragson #, Toyota, 150.

9. (14) Kaz Grala #, Chevrolet, 150.

10. (10) Myatt Snider, Toyota, 150.

11. (11) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, 150.

12. (16) Regan Smith, Ford, 149.

13. (15) Tyler Younger, Chevrolet, 149.

14. (9) Justin Haley #, Chevrolet, 149.

15. (7) Austin Cindric #, Ford, 148.

16. (5) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 148.

17. (17) Justin Fontaine, Toyota, 148.

18. (23) Wendell Chavous #, Chevrolet, 144.

19. (25) Josh Reaume, Chevrolet, 143.

20. (18) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, 143.

21. (21) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, Clutch, 133.

22. (22) Camden Murphy, Chevrolet, Suspension, 102.

23. (30) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, Transmission, 101.

24. (31) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Suspension, 27.

25. (19) Grey Gaulding(i), Chevrolet, Gas Pump, 25.

26. (27) Ted Minor, Chevrolet, Engine, 23.

27. (28) Mike Harmon(i), Chevrolet, Transmission, 12.

28. (29) Tommy Regan(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 11.

29. (24) Kevin Donahue, Chevrolet, Accident, 10.

30. (26) BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, Electrical, 10.

31. (20) Joe Nemechek, Chevrolet, Vibration, 7.

32. (32) Mike Senica, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, zero.

Common Velocity of Race Winner: 123.25 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 49 Minutes, 32 Secs. Margin of Victory: 2.005 Seconds.

Warning Flags: 6 for 28 laps.

Lead Adjustments: 12 amongst 6 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Truex zero; C. Bell 1; R. Truex 2-23; C. Bell 24-30; R. Truex 31-37; C. Briscoe # 38-54; C. Bell 55-76; M. Crafton 77; C. Bell 78-107; J. Haley # 108-109; C. Briscoe # 110; C. Bell 111-122; J. Sauter 123-150.

Leaders Abstract (Driver, Occasions Lead, Laps Led): C. Bell 5 instances for 72 laps; R. Truex 2 instances for 29 laps; J. Sauter 1 time for 28 laps; C. Briscoe # 2 instances for 18 laps; J. Haley # 1 time for two laps; M. Crafton 1 time for 1 lap.

Stage #1 Prime Ten: 16,21,27,eight,29,19,88,four,92,18

Stage #2 Prime Ten: four,29,88,21,19,24,eight,16,51,18

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